Away form is key to survival

JACK Colback has stressed that Ipswich Town need to improve their away form, to avoid suffering relegation to League One.

Carl Marston

JACK Colback has stressed that Ipswich Town need to improve their away form, to avoid suffering relegation to League One.

Town have only taken two points from their last four away games, and have in fact mustered just one league win on the road in 13 attempts.

Colback knows that this dreadful away record has to end, and that Town cannot afford too many more repeats of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Preston.

Roy Keane's men face four away games over the next month, at QPR, Peterborough, Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday.

"We need to start picking up points away from home," insisted Colback.

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"We don't want to get dragged back down there, having managed to push away from it a little.

"Other teams around us might have won today, but I don't take note of them. We just have to focus on ourselves. We need to get results.

"We can't keep going on all season like this, with one good performance (against West Brom) and then one bad performance.

"That's not going to get us anywhere. We must be more consistent, and we just didn't turn up on the day," added Colback.

Midfielder Colback, who is on loan with Town from Sunderland for the whole season, summed up the feelings in the visiting camp after the Deepdale reverse.

"It's very disappointing. We came here full of confidence to do well on the day, but we didn't play well enough so we have to take the consequences," continued Colback.

"The key moment was the first goal. If we had got it, and Tamas

(Priskin) had scored, then I'm sure that we would have gone on to win the game.

"But we weren't at our best. However, Preston weren't great on the day, either." concluded Colback.